L/SFR Sneak Preview: Studies Find Children’s Share of Federal Budget Shrinking

August 2, 2011 | By Liza Casabona | Post a Comment

(This post is excerpted from an article in the Aug. 8 issue of Local/State Funding Report.) In light of the general climate around discretionary spending and fiscal responsibility, the outlook for federal spending on children’s programs is dim, according to two new reports released last month.

The reports, which were authored by child advocacy groups and research firms, paint a sobering picture for many of the core programs that support children’s services and provide an important safety net in many communities.

According to the Children’s Budget 2011, First Focus’ third annual report on the federal budget’s impact on children, spending on programs for children fell nearly 10 percent in fiscal year 2011 compared to FY 2010 and currently makes up less than 9 percent of the overall federal budget.

For more about how children’s programs have been impacted by recent budget negotiations and votes, subscribers to the Local/State Funding Report can refer to their Aug. 8 issue.

(And don’t forget to enter for our first weekly giveaway, which we’re doing tomorrow rather than Thursday. Going forward drawings will be on Wednesdays in August. Make sure to tell us which format you’d prefer if the publication you’ve specified is available in multiple formats.)

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